View Full Version : Gundam Seed: Yay or Nay?
07-14-2011, 06:58 PM
After having bitten into Gundam 00, I'm intrigued by Gundam Seed. Being a bit of an older show, what do you think? Worthy of purchase? Does it still hold up well?
07-14-2011, 07:27 PM
The first series is pretty good and I can easily recommend it, but I would avoid Gundam Seed Destiny.
07-14-2011, 09:47 PM
ah yes the gundam seed series for me it's always a yay to watch.
give this series is truly one of my personal favorite especially one got interest on world of anime.
yet it's part of my life so yay for entire GS series & the Lacus.
07-14-2011, 09:56 PM
I enjoyed both SEED and Destiny but I think both of them start slow and drag on solely for the sake of someone somewhere feeling that Gundam isn't Gundam unless it's 50 episodes. They could chop double digit amounts of episodes from each and I think they'd both benefit from it.
There's some cool twisted stuff in it like Flay from SEED, the mentally unstable fake Lause (sp) who either committed suicide or was murdered in a way that seemed like it could have been avoided (melodrama deaths are the best ones imo), people celebrating victory while enemies are being executed in the background, Kira (I think... the main guy who is with the people who don't wear masks) stealing his homeboy's girl and almost breaking his arm in a chump off move, and the "bad guy" seeming like he has a more rational and reality based plan for peace than the "good guys", and other things that I got a kick out of.
I don't remember much about the story outside of thinking that it dragged on and focused way too much on characters I didn't care about (the blond girl from the neutral nation) but the twisted stuff was fun enough to overlook it. Plus the fights are all pretty cool. Not Gundam 00 level insanium but usually fun to watch. Especially in Destiny since the pilot likes to go insane and show off by constantly modding his suit mid-battle.
07-14-2011, 09:59 PM
I enjoyed the beginning of Gundam Seed, but this show loses me midway through and I dropped it during the middle of the series. If you liked Gundam 00, then it is worth a look.
I would say a Big Nay. IMO Gundam Seed has some interesting plots going on in it like the introduction of the concepts of co-ooridinators and twins in it, but IMO the weakness of this series is that despite a fantastic soundtrack, there's recycled mecha fights/scenes, and the so called Gundam vs Gundam fights are non intense and interesting like Zeta Gundam. I hate the main lead because his alignment in D&D terms is Lawful Good, and his characters doesn't really changed in my years. GSD or Gundam Seed Destiney is worse then Gundam Seed, due to it copying Zeta Gundam, and having poor character developments and poor plot holes. An example of this is when one character is trying to communicate with anomther, suddenly out of the blue their communictor doesn't work when it's needed the most. Crap like this plagues GSD. I would reccommed to try out the original Gundam and Zeta Gundam series, and wait for the new Gundam series that is a manga adaption of the orginal gundam series, but the name of it escapes me at the moment. I also would like to mention the designs of the gundam's in gundam seed and gundam seed destiney are fantastic, but the purpose of the anime is to sell model kits. I would suggest if you can wait 2 months for your gundam fix, then the new gundam series called Gundam Age might be for you. Hope I'm helped in some way, and please inform fellow members what your plans are regarding this series.
07-15-2011, 10:22 PM
and the "bad guy" seeming like he has a more rational and reality based plan for peace than the "good guys", and other things that I got a kick out of.
Wait, what? Wiping out of all humanity is rational? I figure "the bad guy" must mean Rau, since the two opposing forces' leaders aren't more prominent over the other. Unless you were talking about Destiny and Durandal, who's really not much better: "yes, we'll obtain peace, BY ELIMINATING FREE WILL. Oh, and if you disagree, we'll blow you up."
Anyway, Seed is worth it, but not Destiny, which is a train wreck with massive character derailment, too many clip shows, and one of the most unlikable protagonists (Shinn) I've had the misfortune to meet in fiction period. Seed is fairly good though, the story is interesting, and while some of the characters are kind of flat compared to a few other Gundam series, they're mostly still likable enough. I had the opposite effect than Buckeye, the first half series was good with some interesting stuff but the fights themselves were getting repetitive (Kira vs. Athrun round 8! Um......yay?). Then the halfway point shook a lot of the status quo up BIG TIME and things got very interesting and better after that.
07-16-2011, 11:43 AM
Gundam Seed is definitely one of my all time favourites. I just love this show! :beatingheart::beatingheart::beatingheart:
Obviously a lot depends on whether you like Gundams in general, but of all I've seen so far, this is number one for me. Destiny is another thing, I'll come to that later. But this one is in my top ten!
First of all, it was for me one of those rare series that just gets better and better as it goes along and it starts strong to begin with. And unlike a lot of anime, this one has a fantastic 4 episode ending that just had me on the edge of my seat all the way along, it never stopped getting better.
I also really liked the way all the main characters and alingments just completely flipped by the end of the series. So you would have one protagonist on this side and by the end, they'd be over there on that side instead. And of course then there was Lacus Clyne, one of the most memorable characters in anime. At first you think she's some sort of rich air-head but by the end you realize you're complete wrong and she's the one in charge of the small fleet fighting to save everybody! I love this type of plot development. One of the best mech series in my collection.
As for Destiny, the criticisms are a bit harsh but probably fair. On it's own if you hadn't already seen the original, it probably would have fared better. But since it doesn't really add anything to the original, it tends to disappoint as a result. Still, I liked it enough to add it to my permanent collection. And it does have it's moments.
But the original for me is a big two thumbs up if you like mech's and/or sci-fi in general.
08-12-2011, 04:33 AM
If you're still collecting opinions, Theworld, I concur pretty much with Otakufan's response. Gundam SEED has good art, good mecha and character design, and particularly memorable music. In addition to intriguing main characters, SEED features a secondary cast who get significant screen time in their own right, and it's time well spent. Also, as Otakufan points out, the switching of significant characters in the second half from what you might have expected at the end of the first half really tightens the suspense as the series comes to a close.
I have not yet viewed Gundam SEED Destiny, mostly because of reviews here I have read, but I understand the Destiny movies, which I intend to watch soon, trim out a lot of the chaff and would enable me to focus more on the continuing adventures of Lacus and Kira (main characters and my favorites in SEED but more secondary in Destiny as I understand).
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